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July 9, 2015

This message is to provide further details of the July 8 announcement about the future of Athletics and Recreation at KPU.

We are now able to confirm, following discussions with PACWEST (our regional sport authority), that we will complete the 2015/16 varsity season in all four sports for our 92 student-athletes across soccer, basketball, golf and badminton. At the end of the 2015/16 varsity season, our athletics program will cease to exist in its current form.

Of course, this decision was not made lightly and we recognize the impact it will have on the people involved in our varsity athletics programs. We are confident, however, that our new direction will benefit the greatest number of KPU students and is in keeping with the university’s strategic and academic plans.

For the final varsity season, we will honour all of our coaching contracts as well as all scholarship offers to incoming and current student-athletes. We are hosting a forum next week for all student athletes and their families, coaches and academic advisors to answer questions and address concerns about this news.

Student Success and Wellbeing

Over the next few months, we will be hosting townhall meetings on each campus to engage the university community in a broader dialogue about the future direction of health, wellness, and recreation programming for all KPU students.

The outcome of these conversations will inform our future plans for the reallocation of the $750,000 currently spent on varsity athletics. This new direction will provide health and wellness opportunities to our nearly 20,000 students across four campuses.

More information will be provided in due course about the dates and times of the townhall meetings.

Please direct additional inquiries to viceprovoststudents@kpu.ca.


July 8, 2015

The following message is going out to the community today regarding important changes in the direction for KPU’s varsity athletics’ program.

We will provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to discuss these changes in person and will invite you and your family to a forum. We will post information on this website with the time and date of the forum once determined.

KPU now has a strategic direction as laid out in Vision 2018 and the Academic Plan. As our budget shifts to better align with the achievement of the goals of the plan, we have determined we cannot make the substantial investment in staff, coaches and facilities necessary to become competitive in varsity athletics. Beginning immediately, Student Services will refocus efforts to enhance recreational and intramural activities in support of the health and wellness of our entire study body, on all campuses. As of today we will:

  • Give notice to PACWEST of the revocation of our membership and work with PACWEST over the coming months to determine what this will mean for winding down our varsity athletics’ activities (soccer, basketball, golf and badminton). Our expectation is that we will play a final year of soccer and golf in Fall of 2015, and possibly a final basketball season in spring of 2016.
  • Realign the Athletics and Recreation unit to serve a broader cross-section of KPU students with additional fitness, recreation and intramural opportunities. We will expand our activities in these areas to all campuses, and will immediately begin to explore partnerships with the KSA, Faculties and community organizations that can benefit students.
  • KPU’s student athletes remain important to us, and we will work with our teams and coaches to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible.
  • In the short term, we will focus on our discussions with PACWEST.

Later in the summer, we will host Town Hall meetings on each campus to start the conversation about how expanded fitness, recreation and intramural activities can be incorporated into student life at each of our four campuses. The focus will be on wellness and greater participation.

Please direct all inquiries to viceprovoststudents@kpu.ca

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